Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations
Re: French Immersion Accommodation Plan for Mazo de la Roche PS Beginning in 2019
In 2012, the Board completed a year-long review of French as a Second Language (FSL), which included a longterm French Immersion accommodation plan for students. This plan outlined various grade configurations for the Board’s French Immersion programming: • Single Track – French Immersion Grades 1-8 • Dual Track – English Grades JK-8 and French Immersion Grades 1-8 • Primary Dual Track (PDT) English Grades JK-8 and French Immersion Grades 1, or 1-2, or 1-3
These program configurations allow the Board flexibility to address community needs and also continue to offer the French Immersion program to all who wish to enroll. This reflects the commitment of the York Region District School Board to facilitate equitable access to the French Immersion program by avoiding lottery systems, and other means of limiting enrolment.
Mazo de la Roche PS enrolment has reached maximum capacity with 743 students and the use of portables to accommodate this enrolment. The enrolment will continue to grow and the school will require a Primary Dual Track (PDT) French Immersion program to help accommodate students beginning in September 2019. The PDT French Immersion model is widely used in the Board. This year, there are 13 PDT schools in the Board offering the primary French Immersion program. The majority of these schools offer Grades 1-2 French Immersion, in addition to their own JK-8 English program.
Commencing next year (Sept 2019), all grade 1 French Immersion students in the Mazo de la Roche PS catchment area will be accommodated at a Primary Dual Track French Immersion program at Prince Charles PS and will attend Mazo de la Roche PS for grades 2-8. Transportation will be available in accordance with Board Policy and Procedure #680.0, Student Transportation.
Further details will be shared at the French Immersion Parent Information Night in January 2019 at Prince Charles PS (the specific date will be posted on the YRDSB website).
Shawn Bredin, Erik Khilji and Drew McNaughton Superintendents of Education CEC North